We came across this AED save not too long ago. Thought it was a great and inspiring story that deserves to be shared!
Haddad remembers very little of his last visit to Charter Fitness a health club in Hobart, Indiana, on October 30th. What started as a routine workout for the 22-year-old turned into a race for his life.
He remembers working in the free weight area of the club, then trying to reach for the wall right before he collapsed.
“I couldn’t see and I couldn’t hear. I couldn’t move,” Haddad said.
Two members quickly responded and informed the front desk that someone had passed out.
Assistant manager, Jorge Almedina, quickly began administering CPR while employee, Sarah Gacsy, brought a defibrillator that was used to get his heart started again after it had stopped.
Almedina called 911, then went back to Haddad to begin administering CPR.
“He started breathing, but still had no pulse and that’s when an off-duty nurse who was working out here came to help,” Almedina said.
Once the defibrillator was administered Haddad regained a pulse. Shortly after, emergency medical services arrived and transported Haddad to the hospital for assessment.
Haddad said doctors there couldn’t find a reason for his heart stopping, but inserted a pacemaker to keep his heart beating regularly.
“The doctors have told me they have no answer as to why my heart stopped. … I thank those who helped me here very much,” Haddad said.
For Almedina, who is 21, the incident was an eye-opener. “I’m just glad I was certified and able to react. You don’t expect that to happen especially to someone close to my age,” Almedina said.
Tito Garcia, regional manager for the fitness club, said it’s a requirement that there be at least one employee during all shifts who is CPR and AED certified.
“We’re just happy a life was saved and ecstatic our employees reacted courageously to save a person’s life,” Garcia said.